I’m probably going to say this everytime I put up a post on Beautynook now. It’s been a while blog friends. I’m definitely not as dedicated to blogging as I once was. But sure I’m not gone completely. I still waffle about makeup over on Instagram on the daily πŸ™‚ This video was filmed on my phone, completely off the cuff the other day. I was about to dig into my only Marc Jacobs eyeshadow, that I had never used before, so wanted to document it. The lighting isn’t the best, but sure hopefully the banter is πŸ™‚ This is my really easy burgundy eye look.

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This super simple burgundy eye look could essentially be done with one eyeshadow, some liner and mascara. I probably over complicated it to begin with, just because I was winging it and didn’t know how the fancy eyeshadow would perform. The Marc Jacobs O! Mercy O!Mega Eyeshadowmarc jacobs eyeshadow

I bought it on a whim for myself as a birthday present, along with an eyeliner of a similar colour which I use briefly too. The shadow is absolutely huge, it could probably double as a blush. The pay off is really great and it blended well too. I will say by the end of the evening though it was definitely patchy on my oily lids. I’ll reserve judgement though and try it with different bases before making a final decision on it.easy burgundy eye look

The Huda Beauty New Nude Palette was cracked out for this burgundy eye look too. I really don’t reach for this much in all honesty, but it is pretty to look at πŸ™‚top irish beauty blogger

The lip combo is from Essence, cheap cheerful and effective, I think. Nude by pinky nude. I’m too pale for full on nude lips.

I didn’t film my base routine, but it’s essentially the same as shown here, so you can check that out if you fancy some more content.

So there you have my easy burgundy eye look. Let me know what you think.


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It is not often I get lip products through the door and want to put on every shade straight away. I received the new Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lip Colours last week.

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I want to try them all out so I thought I would do it in blogpost form. This is definitely not a review. Although I have been wearing the mauve shade (surprise, surprise), from the bunch the last few days and have been really enjoying it.

It feels weird because my last post here was from the same brand. Not on purpose I promise I just really wanted to swatch these πŸ™‚

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My first impressions of the Maybelline Superstay Matte Lip Colours are, they are super easy to apply, really pigmented and I like the tear drop applicator. The tapered end makes applying them really easy. They dry down matte, which of course isn’t the most comfortable of lip formulas. But saying that this doesn’t seem to be the worst. And from wearing the shade ‘Lover’ over the past few days, I didn’t get any balling or patchiness. The formula does feel tacky on the lips though, even when it dries. Upon swatching all the colours for this blogpost, I can say they are a bitch to get off too. They require a decent amount of vigor and makeup remover. From a liquid lipstick perspective, in my book, that’s a good thing πŸ™‚ I used an oil based eye makeup remover to remove the swatches, it worked really well. They smell of sweet vanilla so that is something to be mindful of, but once the formula is dry on the lips, it seems to dissipate.

The come in 10 shades. You can find them on the Boots website here for €14.99 a piece.

I have five of the most wearable shades to swatch here. Nothing ground breaking colour wise here. They do have some purples and nudes in the collection as well.

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First up, there’s 15 Lover. This is the shade I gravitated towards first. My everyday go to lip colour is mauve. And I am loving this!
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Next up we have 30 Romantic. A hot pink.
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25 Heroine is a bright orange.
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Then I have 20 Pioneer a cherry red.

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And then finally, 50 Voyager, a burgundy red.

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After swatching all five of the Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink Lip Colours I have. I can honestly say I will hand on heart wear all five of them in everyday life. Not just for Instagram πŸ™‚

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The formula although matte goes on really smoothly and easily. It doesn’t catch onto any dryness you might have. Although, I would always say be liberal with the lip balm before applying any matte formula.
What do you think? Do any of them take your fancy?


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I did a little bit of shopping. Well, enough to warrant a blogpost and video πŸ™‚ I didn’t really know what to call this so I just went simple with Beauty Fashion Tech Haul πŸ™‚

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So, my beauty fashion tech haul (see it has a ring to it right? Not ha!). It consists of some bedding from Penneys.

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Some clothes bits from Penneys.

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Oh and some Penneys Christmas decorations…just because!

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I picked a new jumper from H&M. Think I might keep this for Christmas Day πŸ™‚

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I got some beauty bits from Boots too. Some Batiste Dry Shampoo, Real Techniques Mini Eraser Sponges. I repurchased my Nyx Micro Brow Pencil in Ash Brown that I use in my My Brow Routine video here. And then, Bourjois was on 3 for 2 so I picked up their new Volume Reveal Mascara in the waterproof formula. Oh and two new shades of the very lovely Rouge Edition Velvet Liquid Lipsticks to add to my collection.

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And then finally, my really random (but necessary) purchase. A Nintendo Classic Mini.

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This actually caught me off guard because I had it pre-ordered for months and then I just got the email to say it was in stock. We had to high tail it to Smyths and pick it up πŸ™‚

And that’s it for my beauty fashion tech haul with the great inventive name πŸ™‚ Obviously I go into more detail in the video. You can of course watch it by clicking above as always. Or, head straight to my Youtube channel here and watch it.


Let me know if you like haul videos. I had such a good reaction to the last one I did I thought I would add another to the playlist. I would love some feedback though.

Thanks, as always.

Gemma xxx

This is my interpretation of an Autumn Makeup Look.

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Of course makeup has no rules and you can wear what you want. But, we do (well I think we do), tune in to certain trends for the different seasons. For me, when I think of an Autumn Makeup Look I think of golds and bronze shades on the eyes and dark lips.

In this video I used some old favourites. Yes, I dusted off the original Urban Decay Naked Palette for this look. I forgot just how much I loved this! The shade ‘Half-Baked’ is probably my favourite gold eyeshadow ever. It is just so flattering on the eyes.

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I also dipped into a couple of newbie products from Sleek Makeup. The Cleopatra’s Kiss Highlighter Palette which I only spoke about here recently. And one of their Matte Me liquid lipstick in ‘Velvet Slipper’. It is out of stock at the moment, eeek, apologies for that! I wouldn’t have used it if I had known!

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I mention all the products I use in the video, which as always you can click on above. Or, you can watch it directly over on my Youtube channel here. If you have any questions about anything, you can of course just ask me though πŸ™‚

I always like to stress to that I am not a makeup artist, just someone who loves makeup…alot πŸ™‚

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Let me know what you think of my super simple Autumn Makeup Look. And let me know the makeup looks or products that make you think of Autumn. Dark lips are the only thing I like about the weather getting colder, I swear. The sun hasn’t even completely gone yet and I am already mourning it πŸ™‚

As always, thanks for taking the time to watch, read and interact. I really really appreciate it.



I get so many questions about the brand Flormar that has been unleashed once again here in Ireland. I spoke briefly about them here, when I first tried some of their products and did a review of their Perfect Coverage Liquid Concealer here. So far everything I have used from the brand has been really lovely, including the Flormar Color Palette Eyeshadows.

Flormar Color Palette EyeshadowI have two of the Flormar Color Palette Eyeshadow palettes in my possession, but there is plenty of colour choices to choose from in the range.

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All of the Flormar Color Palette Eyeshadows contain 5 shadows with a mixture of colours and textures that are all complimentary to each other.

The ‘Nude Dudes’ is a great neutral palette choice.

Flormar irish beauty blogirish makeup and beauty bloggerMatte shadows are not always easy to get a hold of in the more affordable makeup category so this is a great little find. The shadows are creamy, blendable and pigmented. Here they are swatched on my arm, the lightest shade in the palette is the exact shame shade as my skin (you can’t actually see it, but I promise it’s there πŸ™‚ ). So if you’re pale like me, this is a great blending shade to have in your collection.

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Dee from Viva Adonis totally enabled the other Flormar Color Palette Eyeshadow I own.

irish beauty blogirish beauty blog beautynookPink Desserts is such a gorgeous little shimmery palette. I know the colours look a little scary, but I really love a burgundy eye myself πŸ™‚Β  Again, the shadows are soft, blend-able and pigmented, really easy to work with. The two darkest shades are my faves from the palette and get alot of love from me!

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The Flormar Color Palette Eyeshadows will set you back €9.95, not bad at all, right?

If you are wondering about your local stockists, check out the Flormar facebook page about section here or Simplyfoxy sell the brand online too!

Have you tried any Flormar? Let me know what your favourites are, I want to get more πŸ™‚